Perry Ellis

Fashion honors its own at annual awards gala

NEW YORK -- Seventh Avenue gave one of those parties eulogizing itself Monday night, and surprise, everyone seemed to have a great time. It was an awards ceremony sponsored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Though there had been some caviling when the recipients were announced a few months ago, that had ended by the time the awards were presented at the New York State Theater in a ceremony conducted with wit, style and heart.

On stage, videotapes interspersed events of 1992 with fashion highlights and scenes from the party.

A convincing case was made for all the awards, but especially the Lifetime Achievement Award that went to Pauline Trigere. How many...